It's been a good weekend! There is much I could write about a lot of things, but I'm just going to focus now on a Blessingway celebrated today for my daughter Mary, who is expecting her second son in just a couple of weeks. A Blessingway is kind of like a baby shower, but the emphasis is on blessing the mother-to-be with encouraging words and actions.
|Mary was presented with a flower wreath |
to adorn her beautiful curly hair.
|Katie is also going to be the doula|
(personal birth assistant to the mom) when the baby is born next month.
What a sweet, sweet friend!
I thank God for the life long friends that my girls have made.
|I know this is a digression, but here they are in 1997 |
at some sort of home school event.
I love Mary's bonnet and her glasses. Those were the days!
When they were in middle school,
I organized a mother-daughter club called Rubies and Roses
for the 4th-6th girls in our home school group.
Each month, the moms and girls met at a different home
to enjoy dessert, crafts, and a devotional time.
Later, the older girls branched off
into a different club called Jewels for Jesus.
Lots of sweet memories and my Wassail and
Pumpkin Streusel Muffins recipes came out of those years!
|Back to 2012 on Katie's kitchen calendar!|
|I had bought a ladybug bead |
since I think they are cheerful,
but I accidentally left my purse at home,
so I substituted the large plain red one
that was an extra in the bag of beads we brought.
|My daughter Julia strung the beads together.|
|Katie clasped it around Mary's neck.|
I love the serene look on Mary's face.
|The finished necklace|
|My blessing to baby Isaac:|
a series of Scriptures from Genesis
about the life of the Biblical Isaac
from the prophecies before his birth
to the blessings he gave to his son Jacob.
Look up at the heavens
and count the stars.
So shall your offspring be.
I will establish my covenant with him
as an everlasting covenant
for his descendants after him.
God has brought me laughter.
On the mountain of the Lord
it will be provided.
Praise be to the Lord
who has not abandoned
his kindness and faithfulness.
The Lord answered his prayer.
Now the Lord has given us room
and we will flourish in the land.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bless you.
May God give you of heaven’s dew
and of earth’s richness –
May God Almighty bless you
and make you fruitful.”
|Words from Katie|
|Gifts, too! Some in envelopes...|
|Baby shoes from my daughter Naomi|
|A laughing turtle from my daughter Melody|
|A lovely handmade card|
|A onesie with an applique neck tie! So cute!|
|My photographer daughter Joanna with her camera|
|Heather and Babpsy (pronounced Bopsy)|
|Another long time friend Rachel |
applies henna to Mary's belly.
Each of us takes turns
adding to the elaborate design.
|My ladybug before it dries.|
I had to get a ladybug
in there somewhere!
The actual result of henna
after it dries and flakes off
is more of a light orange.
|Joanna and Katie work on |
henna designs at the same time.
|My daughter Julia adds a henna design |
to my daughter Lydia's hand.
|Mary and I -- not the best picture, |
but it's what I've got!
|As each guest left,|
she received a scented candle
(mine is cranberry orange)
to light when Mary goes into labor
as a reminder to pray for her.
I hope you enjoyed my photo journal of the Blessingway today! Do say a prayer for Mary in her last weeks of pregnancy!